The sun was shining as our rugby players took on Liverpool College last Saturday. At home, the 1stXV won an aggressive and committed encounter by 42-0. Winger Kevin Wan opened the scoring and there were further first half tries from in-form centre, Ben Perkins, and second row, Alex Garrod. Arnold led 20-0 at the break and in total control.
Perkins doubled his tally in the second half and year 11s, Alex Casey and Louis Mottley, were both try scorers as the 1stXV moved in further out of sight. Perkins’s centre partner, Harry McNulty, then scored his second try of the week to complete the scoring. The 1stXV and 2ndXV now look to their derby matches on Wednesday against KEQMS, Lytham.
The U12A, fresh from their first win against KEQMS before half term, knew they were in for a tough match as Liverpool College had beaten KEQMS by over 50 points. Fly half, Josh Radley, was clearly going to have a very difficult day as his opposite number was twice the size of him and a skilful and fast player. It has to be said that the U12s played remarkably well and they are getting better with every match but the strength of the Liverpool College fly-half proved the telling factor, although Josh Radley did brilliantly against him all afternoon. The U12s scored tries through Callum Preece, Max Walker and Radley with Ashley Weatherall adding a conversion in their 31-17 loss.
Away from home, the conditions were just as perfect. The U15A won their fourth match of the season in an entertaining 27-5 victory. Captain and no.8, Matthew Radley, scored a hat-trick as he was on the end of some following Arnold play. Max Reid completed a good match at fullback with a try as he burst through from 25 yards. Chris Bottomley and Owen Burrows worked very hard, with Bottomley enjoying one brilliant 50 yard run and there were further fine performances from Richard Whiteside, Mitchell Bolus, Lewis Dunsmore-Nield, Andrew Cowburn, Will Jepson and debutant, Daniel Woods.
The U14A lost by 27-12 to a very talented Liverpool side. Matthew Garrod and Rory Humphries scored the tries with Elliot Fackey adding the extras. The U13A, despite missing a few players, won again with Sam Royle scoring another hat-trick and his seventh try of the week in his new position of centre. Captain, Ellis Whorlton-Jones scored the other try as our year 8s won by 27-19. Ben Pearson kicked three conversions and one penalty.
On Friday the U12B played their first match of the season away at KEQMS and lost narrowly by 10-5. Sam Matthews scored the B teams only try as they took the lead but KEQMS fought back well to edge a really enjoyable match between two even teams. Mark Bricklebank, Jamie Choi, Edward Farrar, George Culpan, Ashley Kurtis, Harvey Ross and Myles Child all had very good matches although every boy gave his very best.